mercredi 16 novembre 2016

THE BEST PLACE TO STAY IN FORT COCHIN WITH A LOVED ONE THE OLD LIGHTHOUSE BRISTOW HOTEL

This photographic essay would convey to you the spirit of hospitality, the ambiance of the Arabian sea kissing your front porch and the great Kerala food served by efficient waiters and the wonderful manager whose motto seems to be: The convenience of the GUEST is the priority.
I stayed here for five nights, it was high season but a twin room facing the ocean was made available to me and my brother.
We enjoyed our leisurely breakfasts with fresh fruit and juice, tasty Kerala fare and attentive service from Sri Nath, Naveen, Raghavan and Ashison among others. We also had dinner twice, both times excellent Kerala seafood or Biryani. The dinner prices are relatively modest comparing the quality of the place and food and service. To give an example, the Kerala fish specialty Karimeen Pollichattu, fish wrapped in banana leaves, cost less here at this upscale place than some of the touristy dining areas, with questionable hygiene along Tower Street or at Fusion Bay. The quality of food here is better than Oceanos Seafood restaurant or Fusion Bay or Fort House Restaurant in Kalvatty road, the other places that we had eaten dinner. The service is the best I have received in Fort Cochin. The fact that we could enjoy a bottle of Grover (under the direction of a French winemaker) Sauvignon Blanc was an added attraction. 
We also used the spa, with an ayurvedic abhyangam total body massage with maitre masseus Manoj which left us both very relaxed the day before we left on our respective long haul journeys.
Always smiling and willing to help were Fatima and Ann Mary at the Front Desk along with Manuel and the Front desk manager, Arvind.
We arranged cars through the hotel, and the drivers Salu and Manuel were excellent and safe drivers, given our usual complicated itinerary.
In short, Rajesh Rajan, the manager,  with his hospitality experience, sets the tone for this delightful place. In our opinion it is the best place to stay either with a good friend to talk to or a loved one to enjoy the romance of the Arabian Sea.
Here are the photos






















It was a touching gesture when the staff came out to the patio to say good bye as I left for the Airport. Rajesh the manager on the left, Raghavan from Andhra Pradesh on the right, Fatima who will enril in  Hospitality Management and Ann Mary are in charge of the front desk.